Lexus Manila, the official distributor of Toyota's luxury brand in the Philippines, has quietly brought into the country the GS450h, Lexus's hybrid-powered luxury sports sedan.
Though the GS450h is based on the GS350, the power output of its 3.5-liter V6 engine is down by 26hp and 33Nm of torque due to the Atkinson cycle utilized by the powerplant. However, the GS450h more than makes up for this deficiency with its two-motor hybrid system, giving it a total power output of 338hp and enabling it to accelerate from zero to 100kph in 5.6 seconds.
Conversely, Lexus expects the GS hybrid's fuel consumption to have improved by more than 30% over its predecessor. A key factor to this is the hybrid system's regenerative braking operation's range, which has been expanded, contributing to further improvements in fuel efficiency. With the GS450h's exemplary performance in fuel efficiency, Lexus is hoping that it will be classified as a Super-Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle II in the United States.
Exclusive to the GS hybrid model is a unique three-lamp design that aligns the turn signal and the Lexus-first high- and low-beam LED lamps in a single horizontal row. According to Lexus, the improved illumination and beam range provided by the LED lamps offer better visibility even under low-beam driving conditions. In addition, the rear bumper of the GS450h covers the exhaust pipe apertures.
Other than the difference in powertrain between the GS350 and the GS450h and some styling tweaks, both models are practically the same, from the Drive Mode selector with which the driver can customize the car's driving characteristics with the twist of a knob, to the 10 airbags, including a knee airbag for both the driver and the front passenger.
The GS450h is now available at Lexus Manila for P5.478 million.